“Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights” the sign, which appeared last week outside the Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle, read.
Many felt the message was a direct attack on gay rights, an allegation church leaders have denied.
“Our sign referencing Satan demanding his equal rights to ascend into the heavens and be God was simply all about that individual,” Pastor Tony Greene told WATE. “It was not a statement against any one group in particular.”
But not everyone agrees.
“It’s clearly a sign that was meant to offend a particular community,” local resident Andy Henry told WBIR. “The LGBT community.”
“Because of (the church’s) lack of foresight,” Henry continued, “they ended up offending everybody who had ever fought for equality or civil rights in general.”
After the sign made national headlines, it was quickly changed. It now reads: “‘Glad you reading, did not intend to offend, we all need Christ.”
Of course, the Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle isn’t the first house of god to use it’s marquee to spread a message of hate. Scroll down for images of other absurd, unintentionally hilarious church signage.